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StealthArmor squashes iPhone 4 signal issue [Update: Not so fast!]

StealthArmor squashes iPhone 4 signal issue [Update: Not so fast!]

While telling customers "you're not holding your iPhone 4 properly" doesn't exactly seem the best way to endear yourself, with hundreds of thousands of handsets in the wild Apple look unlikely to do anything more constructive than tell us where to grip.  One solution users have discovered is Apple's Bumper case, but Fusion of Ideas have an alternative if you're more interested in keeping your smartphone's clean, rubber-free lines.  They've sent us some shots of their StealthArmor for iPhone 4 edge protection strips, which not only protect the stainless steel from scratches but have the neat side-effect of bypassing the antenna issue.

Update: We've now tested the strips, and things aren't as clear cut as Fusion of Ideas might suggest. More after the cut.

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iPhone 4′s Poor Reception Could be Software Related [Video]

iPhone 4′s Poor Reception Could be Software Related [Video]

If you've followed the tech industry for any discernible amount of time, then you know that when something launches, it's usually the bad parts that get covered the most. Despite the reviews, or the fact that probably not even half of the people who ordered/purchased an iPhone 4 have received theirs (yet), reports of poor reception launched out onto the Internet. It didn't help that there were further reports of discoloration in the screen. If it's not one thing, it's another. But, just like we reported earlier today with the yellow screens, it's looking like that reception problem could be something short-lived.

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iPhone 4 discoloration a screen adhesive issue, will fix itself?

iPhone 4 discoloration a screen adhesive issue, will fix itself?

Could the incidences of yellow banding across the displays of some new iPhone 4 handsets be down to rushed manufacturing and side-effects of the chemicals used in producing the new Apple smartphone?  That's one suggestion today; buried in the discussion over at Apple Insider, one source claims the discoloration is down to the adhesive used to bond the layers of glass in the screen together.  That adhesive - Organofunctional Silane Z-6011 - requires a period of drying time post-application; the source suggests that Apple - or their manufacturing partners - rushed through that process and that the blotches should disappear after a few days of use.

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iPhone 4 external antenna causing dropped calls?

iPhone 4 external antenna causing dropped calls?

There was no shortage of applause when Steve Jobs revealed that the iPhone 4's slender build was in no small part down to shifting the UMTS, GSM, Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS antennas to the outer stainless steel rim of the smartphone, but that decision may be coming back to haunt the company.  As we reported yesterday, some new users were claiming that holding their iPhone 4 at certain points led to dropped calls and zero bars of signal strength on-screen.  If anything, the complaints are getting louder - especially from those who generally hold their phone in their left hand - and stories as to what might be causing the issue are being to emerge.

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Ultrasn0w carrier unlock for iPhone 3GS released

Ultrasn0w carrier unlock for iPhone 3GS released

The iPhone Dev Team have updated their redsn0w jailbreak and ultrasn0w carrier unlock tools to work with the iPhone 3GS, citing the release of rival app purplera1n as forcing their hand.  The Team had originally intended to wait until iPhone 3GS adoption was more widespread before distributing their tools, in the hope that it would give Apple less time to close the security hole on which the unlock depends.

 

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Infineon deny their iPhone 3G chipset to blame for reception woes

Infineon deny their iPhone 3G chipset to blame for reception woes

Controversy about the iPhone 3G's unpredictable reception continues, with a discrete denial from Infineon, the latest party to be fingered for blame making.  A recent analyst's report suggested that Infineon - who supply the 3G chipsets for the iPhone - had released hardware with "an immature chipset and radio protocol stack".  However Infineon spokesman Guenther Gaugler is quoted in Business Week today as claiming "our 3G chips are, for example, used in Samsung handsets and we are not aware of such problems there."

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iPhone 3G reception issues update

iPhone 3G reception issues update

While the iPhone 3G scores highly on usability and general lust-factor, there have been numerous cases where users have reported less than stellar signal and general reception problems.  We spoke to an AT&T spokesperson this morning, who told us the following:

"Customer experience on iPhone 3G or any device can vary based on a number of factors including proximity to the cell site, buildings, trees, terrain, and the number of people on the network at a given time.  We and Apple are working continuously to ensure people have a great experience on the iPhone, and we urge our customers to synch iPhone 3G to iTunes frequently to ensure they have the latest software updates" AT&T representative

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Digital assistant Sherpa looks to take on Apple’s Siri

Digital assistant Sherpa looks to take on Apple’s Siri

A new digital assistant has arrived in town, and she's looking to steal Siri's job. Her new name is Sherpa and she just arrived to North America today. Right now, she's only offering her services to Android users, but eventually, she'll be aiding Apple's iPhone users as well. You will be able to use her on both your phone and your tablet. After testing out her services, she's actually much more useful than I expected.

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A Motorola StarTAC saved me

A Motorola StarTAC saved me

A StarTAC saved my life. Well, not really. I wasn't accidentally transported to the World War II trenches, and saved from a bullet to the heart by an artfully placed Motorola in my jacket pocket. But the StarTAC - a phone dating back to 1996, and in fact the very first cellphone I owned - gave me a very necessary wake-up call: it showed me just how lucky we are with today's smartphones, with a serving of delicious nostalgia on the side.

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Analyst Rob Enderle’s HP Apple CEO article deconstructed

Analyst Rob Enderle’s HP Apple CEO article deconstructed

While it's not our job to fight stupid on the internet, in this case, SlashGear felt the need to step in. Rob Enderle is presently a columnist for TechNewsWorld and owns Enderle Group, a tech consultancy for personal gadgets and trends. This week he wrote an article entitled "Meg Whitman vs. Tim Cook by the Numbers" which we'll be dissecting here piece by piece.

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